One of the problems with any good review of a good place, is everyone will want to go there. Well, the Stomping Ground is the place to go in Putnam CT. Many other fine restaurants are in the area, but this place offers a cozy environment, live music on weekends, fantastic food and a kick-ass beer menu.
Actually over 3 visits, the beers sampled have been
Berkshire - Holidale American Barleywine [3,517]
Lagunitas - Daytime Fractional IPA [3,518]
Heavy Seas - Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA [3,519]
Widmer - Old Embalmer 2012 barleywine [3,520]
Our server commented that the Widmer was kept at the proper temperature for a barleywine; too bad we forgot out iCelsius!
The food is amazing, fresh, local, inexpensive. Even if you are not a vegetarian you will love the MCA eggplant burrito.
On subsequent visits have tried the
Goose Island - Bourbon County Stout (14%) [3,537]
Allagash - Yakuza 2012 [3,538]
Grey Sail - 1st Anniversary Imperial Pilsner [3,539]
and oddly enough
DuPont - Foret Organic Saison [3,540]
And even later:
Brooklyn - Blast IPA [3,544]
LaGunitas - Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute [3,545]
Dogfish Head - Hellhound on my Ale [3,546]
Green Flash - Palate Wrecker (Hamilton's Ale) [3,547]
Widmer - Rotator Series IPA
Also - the chocolate covered, bacon brownie (yes) is to die for.